Purdue Suffers First Big Ten Loss
Oct. 6, 2017

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MADISON, Wis. - Andrea Petrina delivered a second-half equalizer to extend Purdue women's soccer's goal-scoring streak to 15 consecutive games, but Wisconsin answered with the game-winner four minutes later to take the match 2-1 Friday.

The Boilermakers (9-3-1, 4-1-1 B1G) suffered their first loss of the Big Ten season. All three of Purdue's defeats this season have come in 2-1 fashion. However, this was the first in which the Boilermakers did not hold the lead at some point. They trailed at the half Friday for only the second time this season.

Cameron Murtha and Victoria Pickett scored for the Badgers (9-3-1, 3-2-1 B1G) in the 43rd and 79th minutes. Pickett's game-winner was scored three minutes and 54 seconds after Petrina's equalizer. Murtha's goal ended Purdue's shutout streak at 307 consecutive minutes.

The Boilermakers remained the only Big Ten team that has not been shut out this year. The 15-game goal scoring streak dates back to the final two games of 2016 and is tied for the third longest in program history.

Petrina scored her sixth goal of the season and 13th career in the 75th minute with a well-placed shot into the top left 90 of the net from 15 yards out in the middle of the field. Hannah Melchiorre and Kylie Hase were credited with assists. Petrina was persistent in gaining possession and then maintaining it following a right-to-left cross. The deadly accuracy of the shot was paramount as Wisconsin goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem had shifted her position toward the left post.

Murtha's goal was also scored inside the left post after a cross, but that of left-to-right variety. While Murtha's shot was not hit with the same pace as Petrina's, it was effectively placed nonetheless.

Pickett finished off an extended corner kick scramble. Purdue blocked Murtha's initial shot of the sequence. Pickett capitalized on the rebound, watching her shot carom off the crossbar and into the net.

The Boilermakers had one final offensive push in the 89th minute. Clem made a save on Maddy Williams and Hase's follow up shot off the rebound was blocked out of bounds. Petrina went down with an injury near the midfield stripe as the play developed. She had to be helped off the field before Sarah Clark could serve in Purdue's fifth and final corner kick of the night.

Goalkeeper Katie Luce was credited with two saves, making one in each half.

The Boilermakers trailed for 43 of the 90 minutes Friday. Entering the night, they had only trailed for 56 of 1,100 minutes played this year.

Vanessa Korolas, Maya Lambert, Hannah Mussallem, Clark and Hase went the distance among the Purdue field players. Maddy Duncan logged 30 minutes to lead the reserves.

The Boilermakers return to action Sunday for a 2 p.m. ET game at Minnesota.




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